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San Francisco is one of the largest cities in the United States. Roughly three quarters of a million people live within the city proper, with about seven million within the broader metropolitan area. The city predates the gold rush of 1849, but as a port city on the way to the California gold fields, San Francisco saw explosive population growth after the first discoveries were announced. By 1869, it was connected to the Eastern cities by railroad, and at that time, it was one of the ten...
Topics: Where -- United States of America, Where -- California, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- New York...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16991
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by Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan
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This Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sub-image covers a 12 x 12 km (7.5 x 7.5 miles) area in Northern Shanxi Province, China, and was acquired January 9, 2001. The low sun angle, and light snow cover highlight a section of the Great Wall, visible as a black line running diagonally through the image from lower left to upper right. The Great Wall is more than 2000 years old and was built over a period of 1000 years. Stretching 7240 km (4500 miles) from Korea...
Topics: What -- Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, What -- ASTER, What -- Sun,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15732
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by Images courtesy Hassan Partow, UNEP; animation by Lori Perkins, NASA GSFC Science Visualization Studio, based on data from the and the
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<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans"><b>Full-resolution images:</b> <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/landsat_mesopotamia_1973.jpg">1973-1976</a> (7.5 MB) <br/><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/landsat_mesopotamia_1990.jpeg">1990</a> (9.4 MB) <br/><a...
Topics: What -- Landsat 5, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Dawn, Where -- Iraq, Where -- Iran, Where -- Persian...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15827
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by Image courtesy Luca Pietranera, , Rome, Italy
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On August 25, 2000, the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) acquired this spectacular image of a region in Africa's Sahara Desert, including the southern part of the border between Algeria and Libya. Three large rock massifs appear to be pushing up from beneath red sand dunes: from left to right are the Tassili, Tadrart-Acacus, and Amsak massifs. Different rock types account for rock colors varying from dark brown (Acacus) to the pale tone of Amsak eastern portion (Amsak...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Algeria, Where -- Libya, Where -- Rome, Where -- Italy
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15743
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Once a vast carpet of healthy vegetation and virgin forest, the Amazon rain forest is changing rapidly. This image of Bolivia shows dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin. Loggers have cut long paths into the forest, while ranchers have cleared large blocks for their herds. Fanning out from these clear-cut areas are settlements built in radial arrangements of fields and farms. Healthy vegetation appears bright red in this image.This scene was acquired by <a...
Topic: Where -- Bolivia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16035
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by Images by Barbara Summey, NASA GSFC Visualization Analysis Lab, based on Landsat 5 data provided by the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics
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In 1999, an American Museum of Natural History expedition used Landsat images like this one to locate a new site of dinosaur and early mammal fossils in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. With Landsat 5 and 7 data the scientists can identify areas comprised of sedimentary rocks where vegetation is sparse, requirements for good fossil sites. The high-resolution images also improve upon the poor previously-existing maps of the area.At the top is a true color Landsat 5 image of the Gobi desert covering the...
Topics: What -- Landsat 5, What -- Landsat
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15424
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by Images and animation by Robert Simmon, based on data aqcuired by the Landsat data is archived and distributed by the
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Although it is now the largest desert on Earth, during the last ice age the Sahara was a savannah with a climate similar to that of present-day Kenya and Tanzania. The annual rainfall was much greater than it is now, creating many rivers and lakes that are now hidden under shifting sands or exposed as barren salt flats. Over several hundred thousand years the rains also filled a series of vast underground aquifers. Modern African nations are now mining this <i>fossil...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Kenya, Where -- Tanzania, Where -- Egypt, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2507
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by Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Clear skies over the Golden State allowed the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite to capture these images in mid-September 2002. California’s significant landforms are readily picked out: the fertile agricultural valley in the central part of the...
Topics: Where -- Sacramento, Where -- San Jos?, Where -- California, Where -- Nevada, Where -- Los Angeles
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4607
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by Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch. This image is part of the ongoing Landsat series.
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A series of rocky outcroppings are a prominent feature of this Sahara Desert landscape near the Terkezi Oasis in the country of Chad.This image was acquired by <a HREF="http://landsat7.usgs.gov/">Landsat 7's</a> Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on October 22, 2000. This is a false-color composite image made using near infrared, green, and red wavelengths. The image has also been sharpened using the sensor's panchromatic band.
Topic: Where -- Chad
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16245
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These Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) nadir-camera images of eastern China compare a somewhat hazy summer view from July 9, 2000 (left) with a spectacularly dusty spring view from April 7, 2001 (middle). The left-hand and middle images extend from central Manchuria near the top to portions of North and South Korea at the bottom. They are approximately 380 kilometers in width.Asia's desert areas are prone to soil erosion, as underground water tables are lowered by prolonged drought...
Topics: What -- MISR, Where -- China, Where -- Korea, Where -- Mongolia, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1728
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Wheeler Ridge and vicinity, California, is a site of major tectonic activity, both historically and over recent geologic time. The epicenter of the 7.5 magnitude Kern County earthquake occurred here on July 21, 1952, and numerous geologic and topographic features indicate rapid geologic processes. The ridge itself (upper-right center) is a geologic fold that is growing out of the southern San Joaquin Valley. A prominent "wind gap," now used for passage of the California aquaduct (with...
Topics: What -- Landsat, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Earth, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=907
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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Swirling dust covers parts of the Gobi desert, in this image acquired May 30, 2006, by the MODIS on the Aqua satellite. The Gobi desert stretches across southern Mongolia and northern China. In this image, Russia is also shown to the north, with Mongolia right below it, in the center of the image. The black lines denote the country boundaries. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start Date: 5/30/06.
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Mongolia, Where -- China, Where -- Russia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20877
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by MODIS Direct Broadcast data acquired and processed by Oregon State University's Remote Sensing Ocean Optics group
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This clear view of the western United States from September 27, 2001, highlights the wide variety of landscapes in the region. At the upper right is the pink, arid landscape of the Colorado Plateau, through which the grand Canyon of the Colorado River runs. At the far left, California's irrigated San Joaquin Valley stand out in brighter green compared to the forested Sierra Nevada Mountains to its east. At the southeast end of the Valley, the barren Mojave Desert makes a wedge into the...
Topics: Where -- The Valley, Where -- United States of America, Where -- Colorado, Where -- San Jos?, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2162
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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A massive dust storm rages across the Tengger Desert in this image of north-central China. This desert region, measuring about 36,700 square kilometers (14,000 square miles), and is located south of the border with Mongolia, to the southeast of and adjacent to the much larger Gobi Desert. Tennger, unlike the Gobi, is comprised of more sand than rock and is therefore subject to frequent and intense dust storms. Agricultural practices and grazing can contribute to the problem; removing ground...
Topics: Where -- China, Where -- Mongolia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8374
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by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The unusually abrupt edge of this cloud front over Botswana (top) and South Africa (bottom) highlights the thick black shadow the clouds have cast over the land. The <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite observed this scene on June 12, 2004....
Topics: Where -- Botswana, Where -- South Africa
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6819
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by Jacques Descloitres
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Thick tan streamers of dust blow out from the Western Sahara over the Atlantic Ocean in this true-color Aqua MODIS image from New Year's Day 2005. The Saharan Desert dust stretches for a few hundred kilometers off the coast, while underneath the veil blue-green sediment creates a halo along the shore. At the bottom edge of the dust storm, a phenomenon similar to <a href="http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/viewrecord?26062" class="standardlinks">atmospheric...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Atlantic Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=7995
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by Jeff Schmaltz
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Several fires were burning in California on July 12, 2006, when the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. The places where MODIS detected active fire are marked in red. In the south, the Sawtooth Fire and the Millard Fire are burning close together at the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains at the margin of the Mojave Desert. To the north, the Canyon Fire is burning to the east of San Jose in the Diablo Range Mountains. Sensor: Aqua/MODIS. Data Start...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- California, Where -- San Jose
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20921
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by NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the Goddard Earth Sciences DAAC.
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Blowing desert dust adds to existing haze in the eastern basin of China. The grayish haze spread across most of the center of the image is likely a mixture of urban, industrial, and residential air pollution, possibily mingling with smoke from agricultural and other fires. Around Beijing, in the top center of the image, the haze includes a large, yellowish-tan plume of dust.Spring brings numerous dust storms to eastern China from the interior deserts, such as the Gobi Desert. According to...
Topics: Where -- China, Where -- Beijing
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19939
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What makes a hurricane? First, warm water—at least 82ºF (28ºC). Several weeks after the Sun shines brightest on the tropics in late June in the Northern Hemisphere, the tropical ocean waters reach their warmest. In the image above, orange and red indicate where the ocean is 82ºF and warmer. This false-color map of sea surface temperature was made using data taken by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS (AMSR/E), aboard NASA’s <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov"...
Topics: What -- Sun, What -- EOS, Where -- Gulf of Guinea, Where -- Guinea, Where -- Cape Verde
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16570
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by Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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The clouds are yellowed by dust (possibly from the Gobi desert) in this Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) image of eastern Asia taken January 2, 2000. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 1/2/01.
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1559